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05/27/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/27/2019 16:48

Skerries RNLI assist 21 foot motorboat with four on board

Skerries RNLI towed two adults and two teenagers to safety on Saturday afternoon (25 May) after their 21 foot motorboat suffered engine failure east of Rockabill lighthouse.

Shortly after 5.30pm on Saturday last, Skerries RNLI were tasked by Dublin Coast Guard to assist a 21 foot motorboat that had suffered engine failure to the east of the Rockabill lighthouse.

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat 'Louis Simson' and proceeded towards Rockabill lighthouse. Visibility was good on the day and the boat was soon spotted. A tow was established and the boat was brought safely back to the slipway in Skerries.

Conditions at the time were calm with a force 2 north westerly wind.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: 'We've had a number of calls recently where engine failure has been the cause. However it's encouraging to see all on board wearing lifejackets once again. Lifejackets save lives and the message seems to be getting across.'

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email [email protected] or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or [email protected]

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